I have been reading another forum all day, to find my answers, and you could not register at that one! ;(
So someone posted a link to this one - I am glad
Anyway - I have an above ground 20x30 4ft pool.
We have had it about 6 years with NO problems.
But, last year, my hubby had back surgery, and offwork for a year, and tons of problems, so, we did not even open the pool last year.
This year, I decided to open it - (we had never bought a cover ;() and some bright person told me, no, don't drain it and clean it - just throw a bunch of the shock it in it - and vacuum and it will be fine (I will never listen to that person's advice on a pool again!)
Needless to say, it is Sept 1, and I am still bound and determined to get the pool open for the kids to swim a LITTLE before closing it again - and have it ready for next year!
I went to the pool place too, and was just going to buy a new pump and filter ($400) and they told me no, I did not need that with my pools age. so I had to buy a few new tubes (2 @ $70 eac), and a pump basket ($70). Then I put in like 10 bags of the shock it - and started vacuuming on backwash.
Well, that has been going on the last couple months! I do NOT think my vacuum is picking up well at all (ideas for that - besides just getting new - or changing ALL that sand out? and which is easier if I do one or the other?) or do you think it is my vacuum? (I just got a cheap head vacuum from walmart with a long hose)
So now, the last 2-3 weeks, it has been COMPLETELY BLUE, but with some like white little *floaty* type stuff in it. Which from years ago - I would throw on the vacuum and it would pull it right up! So I have been going out each day - with my stick that has the net thing on the end - and scooping up all the stuff, as much as I can - ALL the way around the pool, until that floaty stuff has made the pool blurry again - and then I do the same thing the next day.
The thing is - it seems like this floaty stuff is NOT going away - or multiplying over night? I don't know.
I did not think it was algae, as it is NOT green at all - the pool looks PERFECT after it sits overnight, with just that stuff at the bottom of the pool.
Also - I saw where many said to buy regular bleach from the store - sounds great to me! but I was not sure how to figure out how much to get - from what other posts said....for my pool....I think they told me my pool is like 25,000? but not sure - it is 20x30 and 4' deep.
Also - some people posted in a test kit - numbers, my test kit (which I used for the last 6 years working great - but of course never had problems before either) anyway - just has the little color blocks on it?
Thanks for anything - to help let my kids swim this year! lol